NV: Prostitution tax dies

By BRENDAN RILEY Associated Press Writer
Posted: 04/09/2009 02:29:09 PM PDT
Updated: 04/09/2009 02:29:10 PM PDT

CARSON CITY, Nevada—A plan to levy a $5 state tax on sex acts died Thursday in a Nevada Senate committee, one vote shy of the four needed to keep the proposal alive.

SB369 died on a 3-4 vote in the Senate Taxation Committee despite revisions suggested by Sen. Maurice Washington, R-Sparks, a minister, to discourage human trafficking in the sex trade and to ensure that a state ombudsman could help prostitutes get out of the trade.

Sen. Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas, offered another amendment to spread the estimated $2 million a year raised by the tax among outlying Nevada counties where prostitution is legal. That would have excluded several counties, including two encompassing the state’s population centers of Reno and Las Vegas, where prostitution is prohibited. Continue reading

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NV: Senate committee kills prostitution tax bill

Effort to tack $5 onto visits to legal prostitutes rejected
By Cy Ryan

Thu, Apr 9, 2009 (3:08 p.m.)

CARSON CITY – Despite the support of some owners of bordellos, a Senate committee on Thursday defeated a bill to tack a $5 tax on each visit to a prostitute.

By a 4-3 vote, the Senate Taxation Committee rejected Senate Bill 396, which would have imposed the tax and established the office of ombudsman for sex workers.

Sen. Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas, said he may not support legalize prostitution and Gov. Jim Gibbons “may well veto it.” But Schneider supported imposing the tax. Continue reading

Canada: Lowlife pimp receives six years for prostitution offences

By TONY BLAIS Court Bureau

Thu, April 9, 2009

A “grandiose” Edmonton man convicted of pimping charges for turning a religious, small-town woman into a prostitute was handed a six-year prison term today.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Ernest Marshall slammed Terry Clayton Wallace for introducing a “naive” and “vulnerable” young woman into the “world of prostitution.” Continue reading

Nevada lawmakers rebuff prostitution tax

Thu Apr 9, 2009 9:23pm EDT
By William Albright

CARSON CITY, Nevada (Reuters) – Nevada lawmakers on Thursday defeated a proposed prostitution tax that had won support from brothel owners and working ladies willing to do their part to ease the state’s $3 billion budget crisis.

Nevada, one of only two U.S. states that allow some prostitution, is reeling from a deep economic recession that has led to high numbers of foreclosures, dwindling tourism revenues and a gaping budget shortfall.

State Senator Bob Coffin, a Democrat, proposed levying a $5-per-customer service tax on patrons of some 20 legal brothels operating in rural Nevada, all of them outside Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County, where prostitution remains outlawed. Continue reading

Many murder victims found along highways were killed by truckers, FBI says

Posted on Thu, Apr. 09, 2009

By JUDY L. THOMAS
The Kansas City Star

They call her Miss Molly.

Her battered body turned up in a shallow creek 23 years ago west of Salina, Kan., thrown from a bridge on Interstate 70. Despite efforts by investigators that have taken them across the country, she is unidentified to this day.

Miss Molly is among hundreds of murder victims whose bodies have been dumped along highways across the country over the past three decades — 11 of them in Kansas and Missouri. And, according to the FBI, many of the victims were likely killed by long-haul truckers.

This week, the agency announced its Highway Serial Killings Initiative to raise awareness of the issue and the FBI’s effort to support local and state authorities in their investigations into highway murders. Continue reading

Ontario: Society must humanize women of the street

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Most of the 48 victims U.S. serial killer Gary Ridgeway admitted to killing were sex workers.

“I knew they would not be reported missing right away and might never be reported missing,” Ridgeway said in his plea bargain statement back in 2001. “I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.”

A disturbing number of sex workers started going missing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in the 1980s. It took until 2002 for police to arrest Robert Pickton, who has so far been convicted of six murders.

These are two severe reminders of the dangers facing sex workers, who find themselves on the fringes of society. Continue reading

Alta. prostitute killer given seven years for sexually assaulting child

EDMONTON — Convicted prostitute killer Thomas Svekla has been sentenced to seven years for sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl.

Svekla, 40, was found guilty in a judge-alone trial earlier this year of assaulting a five-year-old girl in 1995.

Court heard Svekla inappropriately touched his girlfriend’s foster child in their Edmonton home on more than one occasion.

He declined to comment before being sentenced in an Edmonton court.

Svekla is already serving a life sentence for the 2006 murder of sex trade worker Theresa Innes.

He also faces a dangerous offender hearing in November.

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